Start in the rack.

The best lifts start before the bar leaves the rack. If you can focus on getting tight at the set-up, you’ll stay tight when you start to move. My squat set-up looks like this: I start with my hands on the bar where I expect them to stay. I go under the bar, looking down so that I can get …

Strength Training for Rowers

  Imagine two rowers in a boat – same height, weight, endurance level, technique & experience. The only difference is one woman squats and deadlifts at least 100 pounds more than the other. I’ll argue every time, that the woman with the higher lifts is a stronger rower and can propel the boat further with each stroke. Strength, by definition, …

Constraints in design.

In a conversation today about creativity, design and possibility – a friend paraphrased a quote from some Danish furniture guy which led me down a path of self-reflection. “Design is dictated by materials and tools.” Meaning whether it’s a building or a chair – the finished product is only made possible through the types of materials you can use and …

Women’s Strength Training Cycle

Women’s Strength Training Cycle Richmond Balance: 1806 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223 Mondays & Wednesdays 7-8pm March 6th-29th (8 sessions) $250 Limited to 4 participants per hour Join Cassi Niemann, a Starting Strength Coach, for a 1 month Strength Training Cycle at Richmond Balance this March! Learn why strength is the most important physical attribute we possess. Strong people …

a helluva engineer

“Here, then, is what I wanted to tell you of my architecture.  I created it with courage and idealism, but also with an awareness of the fact that what is important is life, friends, and attempting to make this unjust world a better place in which to live.” – Oscar Niemeyer. A couple weekends ago was Georgia Tech’s homecoming and …

architecture & strength

Renzo Piano, a famous architect, once said, “Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight gravity.” But the presence of gravity is inevitable and it must be dealt with when considering both the construction of buildings and our bodies. In some ways, becoming a Starting Strength coach is simply an extension of being an architect. …

magic.

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl The last Friday of every month in Atlanta, you can go to this event called Creative Mornings. It’s a monthly gathering of the creative folk to …